Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton has published the submissions in relation to the public consultation on the introduction of a new Online Safety Act.

The Department received a total of 84 submissions during the six-week consultation period, which closed on 15 April. 

Submissions were made from various individuals and organisations and span 636 pages.

Among the companies who made submissions were RTÉ, Virgin Media, Sky, Apple, Google and Vodafone.

A number of charities and special interest groups have also made submissions among them Rape Crisis Network Ireland, The Samaritans, Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and Spunout.ie.

There were also submissions from An Garda Síochana, HSE, Department of Justice and the Data Protection Commission.

On Sunday, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland released details about its submission to the department.

The public consultation asked 16 questions among them; what system should be put in place to require the removal of harmful content? How should harmful online content be defined in national legislation? What platforms, either individual services or categories of services should be included within the scope of a regulatory or legislative scheme?

Today, Mr Bruton said: "All views will be considered now as we develop legislation in this area. I would like to make clear, however, that while we are listening to all points of view, we will not accept a situation whereby online companies are permitted to regulate themselves.

"That day is gone. We need better controls in place. I will bring draft heads of bill to Government once all matters have been considered."


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